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Plymouth News Caravan - 20/April/1955

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Another "Plymouth News Caravan", presented by John Cameron Swayze on April 20, 1955.
Topics of the day include: Eisenhower sends key aides to Formosa and National Guardsmen test combat readiness.

Note: File upgrade 01/14/2011.


This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV

Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Classic TV; 1955; NBC; News; Kinescope; Live TV; John Cameron Swayze; Plymouth


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Reviewer: Furrows - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 3, 2011
Subject: worth watching
Typical cold war and 50's news items. Viewers should remember (or learn) that commercials were often integrated into the names of shows and done by the hosts - a hold over from the same common practice in radio. And that film of events the same day they happened was still very new and remarkable stuff. Oh yeah - the Cubs lost again.

Reviewer: King_Sock-Puppet_and_his_Morris - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 14, 2009
Subject: Makes Modern TV look AWFUL
Well, at least in some parts of the world.

Quote from previous review:
"Pathetic, boring, so low key it's a wonder they all didn't fall asleep. Advertisements presented as news stories. Superficial and almost random coverage of the days events. What a paranoid world! Enemies everywhere"

Wow, you just Described Australian News reporting as of December 2009!! Of course, this is from the US...It reminds of FOX News as of December 2009. That, or MSNBC.

If nothing else, the story on Mary Pickford was far more newsworthy than anything reported by the five major Australian broadcasters of today (Nine, Seven, Ten, ABC and SBS). Which, is pretty sad when you think about it. Then again, they reported the collaspe of my utterly unimportant (and they would agree with that) neighbours balcony collapse on the evening news. I am UNHAPPY to say that anything reported here is more newsworthy.

I also liked the Plymouth advertising.

Reviewer: mstamper - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 2, 2009
Subject: Makes modern TV news look good
Pathetic, boring, so low key it's a wonder they all didn't fall asleep. Advertisements presented as news stories. Superficial and almost random coverage of the days events. What a paranoid world! Enemies everywhere. War imminent. No wonder we (kids) were all scared out of our wits then. The world (as presented on the news) was a violent, humorless industrial wasteland full of threats.

This was fun to watch. I hope we get to see more.

Reviewer: The_Emperor_Of_Television - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 1, 2009
Subject: Good TV, Warts and All
Everyone will probably find some wrong with this newscast. Indeed, even I, a person with relatively few political views, found a few moments that tested my acceptance.

But the same applies to any newscast of any era of any country. Even "E! News". Some of the stories here are of their time (such as the Test Alert codenamed "Minute Man"), some could appear in just about any decade (the Union strikers) and some are some in-between (the foreign aid story, which is very brief, and I presume is related to WW2, though I could be wrong).

Along with this is a real cheesy Plymouth commercial (yes, just one. Heck, the entire broadcast only has two or three commercials), we also got what has to be one of the few times the word "Muslim" is used in a United States TV broadcast of the 1950's.

One major problem is the issues with the picture quality during a story on a court battle between Samuel Goldwyn and Mary Pickford (the sound is intact, though). The picture issues continue during the last stories (mainly about the president of US playing Golf), during the painfully dated but brief "plug" for Camel Cigarettes, the 3rd Plymouth commercial, and that NBC-TV ID. Even with the picture issues, it remains an interesting (and far from perfect) artifact from the 1950's, aired during a time when many parts of the world didn't have any TV broadcasting at all.

Plus, it is a lot less annoying than the newscasts currently aired by the three "major commercial networks" where I live (the imaginatively named "Seven", "Nine" and "Ten" networks, for which the only thing more dull than the network names are the newscasts they air).

I'm glad somebody uploaded this. These 15-minute shows are usually very amusing and rare. The recording appears to be a kinescope and the design of the set is pretty good. The newsreader has a good speaking voice. Much of this series is lost, as with most United States news-programs aired before 1968. It is strange to think this newscast has outlived the sponsor (a defunct car company).

(Note: some lines added, and some spelling corrections made. There is probably still a pocketful of gramar/spelling/factual errors that still need fixing, though).